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2016-07-25 13:12

TOO MANY RULES: Teams and drivers believe that F1 is buckling under too many rules. Image: AP / Luca Bruno

Hungary - The abundance of rules in Formula 1 today will be discussed by the strategy group in Geneva later in July 2016.

Throughout the Hungarian GP weekend (July 22-24), complaints about the regulations were abundant, including when Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continued to argue about the yellow flag incident of qualifying.

Simply the rules

Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff, said: "Rules are rules. If Lewis raised this issue, it is only because there are too many rules. We need to do something to reduce the amount of rules and make them simpler and easier."

Ferrari, meanwhile, was furious that the stewards did not penalise Max Verstappen for his defending tactics in the race with Kimi Raikkonen.

READ: As it happened - 2016 Hungarian GP

Raikkonen told Finnish television MTV: "Why do we even have rules. If they decide 'This is ok', 'This is not'?

"It is one of the things with F1 today that needs to change. It just looks bad and it's not fair. If there is a rule, it should be applied exactly the same way each time."

F1 is about racing, not documents

Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari team boss, said: "The rules have become too complex where they should be clear and simple.

"This issue has already been put on the agenda of the next strategy group meeting, because we want to race, not sit buried in all sorts of documents."

F1 veteran Jenson Button called it a "joke" that he was penalised for being told over the radio how to resolve an hydraulic problem.

He said: "Stopping an incident should be praised, not penalised. The sport's got a long way to go before it's good again."

READ: Button fuming over drive-through penalty

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